Rocky Mount in Nash County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 1941 by North Carolina Office of Archives & History. (Marker Number E-31.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Patriots & Patriotism.
Location. 35° 57.687′ N, 77° 48.318′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in Nash County. Marker is on Falls Road (State Highway 43/48) near Peachtree Street, on the right when traveling north. Located on northern bank at Tar River bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Mount NC 27804, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Donaldson's Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Falls Road Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Bethel Heroes" (within shouting distance of this marker); First Post Office of Rocky Mount (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rocky Mount Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rocky Mount Mills SchoolFalls of the Tar Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); P.T. Barnum (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Mount.
Regarding Lafayette. The Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman who served as a Major General in the Continental Army and was a close friend of George Washington, was invited by Congress to visit the United States as the guest of the nation. His visit, during the years 1824 and 1825, remains an unparalleled American journey. Lafayette arrived in New York in August 1824 and, over the next six months, toured New England and the middle states before traveling further south in February 1825.
Lafayette’s first overnight stop in North Carolina was at Murfreesboro on February 26, 1825. On the morning of the 27th, he left Murfreesboro at about 11:00 A.M. and traveled about twenty miles to Northampton Court House (now the town of Jackson), where he was received by the official state welcoming committee. Lafayette and his entourage moved on to Halifax, where he gave an impassioned speech about liberty and freedom, dined in the Eagle Tavern, and stayed for the evening of February 27-28.
After the stop in Halifax, Lafayette continued
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 4. submitted on November 7, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.